Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Steve Truffer

    I hereby deem today as “Through the Press Thursday”

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very informative video, Nicholas — thanks! The attention to detail and QA /QC seems to be quite good. Perhaps this represents an ideal balance between the use of human skills on the one hand and the precise capabilities of machinery on the other to generate a first-rate product?

    • dp

      Use of human ‘skills’ (resources for better word) in place with rampant unemployment is sure bet. Btw, almost all new immigrants-refugees from former FSRJ are from Bosnia.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Thanks for the insight, DP. As usual, your perspectives on issues in Eastern Europe and the former Warsaw Pact countries are very informative and enlightening.

        • dp

          Just a different take DE…. 🙂
          End result is same.

  • big daddy

    I’d buy them for my AK.

  • ATman

    All I could think about was how that looked really slow and inefficient I might be wrong as I have never tried there AK mags before but I would think there are more modern ways of doing things. Also I feel really sorry for the one guy bent over on that one machine. I really hope he gets to stand up every now and then.

    • John

      It might not reach coca cola’s level of production but considering that all the steps are probably happening at the same time and done by different people, it’s easy to see how it would be pretty fast. Welding the magazine together seems to be the rate limiting step

    • Jon

      I think his boss instructed to hide his chair to the bent over guy

  • dp

    Holly smokes… can you imagine to do something like this for 8hrs a day?
    1950’s machinery with no visible safety features whatever…. wow.
    Sweet techno plus new gloves and overalls look good though.

    • iksnilol

      Some of us like products made the old-fashioned way. For example all my belts, slings, holsters and most of my shoes are handmade. Thusly I believe these are higher quality simply because of the human involvement in the production.

      • dp

        Good way how to look at things….. kinda cute.
        Now think about it differently: IF handmade (although this is largely marketing ploy) product was indeed superior (something akin 19.century manufacture shops with mixed machine-hand production), WHERE then would be MEANING of technical progress? Where prizes a affordability would be a mainly, from business point of view – where EFFICIENCY would be?
        You probably know the answer, do you?

        • iksnilol

          Less efficency from manufacturing standpoint, yes. More efficency from the product/less chance of defects is IMO worth the lesser stock and slower production (+higher price).

          Then again I prefer my things to outlast my grandchildren.

  • 1leggeddog

    ok a bit off topic but..

    am i the only one with the song of that video stuck in my head?

  • RKflorida

    AK mags are not high tech and the machinery being used in this video is enough to do the job. I’m impressed by the age of the machinery and how well it still works. Also, the number of workers might be a little higher but they all have jobs and feed their families.

  • Nicholas Mew

    So that’s how spot welding works.

  • An Interested Person

    TFB has posted this before…

    My search skills are lacking, but Steve posted it. Definitely still a cool video though.

    • Nicholas C

      Whoops. my bad. I tried doing a search for it before I posted but I guess my search kung-fu is weak LOL. But yeah, great video to share.